Police Blotter: 19 July 2002

Police Blotter: 19 July 2002



JULY 4: A 63-year-old man, Khim Samoeun, was found dead in the early morning

in An Chanh village, Kamchai Mear district, Prey Veng. He was killed with a bamboo

stick while hunting for frogs in a rice field near his village. The motive for the

killing is unknown.


JULY 4: Chum Ann, 48, a widow, and her two children were found dead in

the early morning at their house in Rolauch village, Kratie province. Police said

the victims were killed with a hatchet by their neighbor, Mariem Khet, 30, who had

sworn revenge after his father died from disease two months previously. Khet, who

was arrested, accused Ann of using sorcery to kill his father.

JULY 4: A 55-year-old man, Pen Than, was shot dead in his sleep at his

house in Tasal village, Aural district, Kampong Speu. Provincial police commissioner

Chea Vuth said Than, a farmer, was killed by neighbors, Num Lym, 33, Phat Phin, 34,

and Buot Burn, 32, who accused him of sorcery. They were arrested.

JULY 4: A 13-year-old girl was the victim of an attempted rape at 11 am

while looking after her family's cows in a rice field in Yeay Mey village, Srey Snom

district, Siem Reap. Police said the girl was grabbed and thrown to the ground by

her neighbor, Sao Sokly, 26. He was immediately arrested by other farmers and handed

to the authorities after he tried to run away.

JULY 5: Vy Saret, 42, was beaten and injured during an attempted robbery

at 11:30 pm in Prey Tatoeng village, Thmar Kaul district, Battambang. Police said

two gunmen entered his house and struck him with an AK-47. They escaped empty-handed

after his family called for help.

JULY 5: Sreng Thuon, 22, was sent to Calmette Hospital for treatment after

being knifed during a family quarrel at midnight in Psar Thmei 1 precinct, Phnom

Penh. Police said he was chopped once in the neck by his 32-year-old wife, Ym Lida,

who was angry after Thuon tried to end their marriage to take up with another woman.

Lida escaped after the incident.

JULY 6: A 6-year-old boy, Siek Vanny, died instantly in an accident at

10:50 am in Sam Pong village, Santouk district, Kampong Thom. Police said he was

hit by a taxi while he and his brother were crossing the street. The driver escaped,

leaving the car at the scene.

JULY 6: Van Sinuon, 27, was shot dead in a family quarrel at 11:30 pm in

Tuol Vihear village, Kampong Cham province. Police said she was shot in the chest

with an AK-47 by her husband, Rout Tha, 25, in a jealous rage. He then committed


JULY 7: Ye Yunling, 39, a Chinese chef at Tuon Hurng restaurant, died in

Calmette Hospital after being axed at around 11 pm in Boeung Pralit commune, Phnom

Penh. Police said he was chopped several times in the head while preparing food.

His employee, Kong Koeung, 21, is the suspected killer as Yunling had dumped a dessert

on his head earlier that evening.

JULY 7: Soy Sokhay, 33, who worked at the municipal fire department, died

instantly in an accident while riding his motorbike on Pochentong Boulevard in Trapaing

Romchek village, Dangkor district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Police said the

driver of a vehicle which struck him head-on ran off.

JULY 7: A 19-year-old girl, Mey Kim Eng, was shot dead in Poipet village,

Banteay Meanchey province. Police said Kim Eng, an employee at the Casino Resort,

was shot in the chest and head with a K-54 handgun by her boyfriend, Phat Sophin,

28. He then shot himself in the stomach, but survived. Sophin was angry after Kim

Eng's family rebuffed efforts by his parents to have the couple married.

JULY 7: Hok Khel, 45, was arrested at 3:35 pm in Trapaing Raing village,

Teuk Phos district, Kampong Chhnang for the murder of a 5-year-old girl, Huon Sreymao.

Police said he abducted the girl and took her to a nearby forest where he cut her

throat and stomach.

JULY 8: Kheng Kimsrun, 31, was sent to the Visal Sok Clinic for treatment

after being knifed and severely injured during a quarrel at 8 pm in Tuol Svay Prey

1 precinct, Chamkar Morn district, Phnom Penh. Police said Kimsrun was stabbed in

the waist by a 70-year-old woman, Kao Mak, who was angry after he broke her plate.

She was arrested.

JULY 9: Pich Sinarat, 42, was sent to the Paris Hospital for treatment

after being knocked down in a quarrel at 11:15 am in Chatomuk commune, Phnom Penh.

Police said Sinarat was beaten on the head with a stick by a neighbor, Wa Hokkieng,

with whom he had argued over garbage. His daughter, Pich Dirouthana, 15, was also

severely injured. The police arrested Hokkieng.

JULY 9: Keo Sitha, 48, died in Preah Kossamak Hospital after a suicide

attempt in Boeung Trabek precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Sitha, the wife of Chea

Song who is the editor of the Khmer People's Voice newspaper, set herself on fire

after Song said he was leaving her for another woman.

JULY 9: The body of a 38-year-old man, Suot Bunheng, a soldier in Region

2, was found at 8:30 pm on the footpath of Route 4 in Prey Nop district, Sihanoukville.

Police said Bunheng, who came from Chraing Chamras commune, Russei Keo district,

Phnom Penh, was murdered somewhere else and his body dumped there. He had been shot

in the head and chest.

JULY 10: Jurgen Schwohl, 34, a German national, was found dead at 1:25

pm at a guest house in Srah Chak commune, Phnom Penh. Police suspect he died of a

drug overdose. His body was sent to Calmette Hospital for an autopsy.

JULY 10: Chuon Sokunthea, 23, a karaoke video actress, was found hanged

at 11 am at a guest house in Boeung Kak 1 precinct, Tuol Kork. Police said Sokunthea,

who was married with a 3-year-old daughter, committed suicide after an argument the

previous evening over her husband's extra-marital affair.

JULY 10: Poeu Ponnita, 35, a moto-taxi driver, was sent to the Russian

Hospital for treatment after being burned with acid at 12:30 pm in Tuol Tumpung 2

precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Ponnita, who is married with a 5-year-old son,

was attacked by his wife, Phauk Veasna, 32, who was angry after she found out he

was having an affair. She was arrested.

JULY 10: Yang Samith, 26, a furniture maker, died in hospital after being

knifed at around 11 am in Psar Depot 3 precinct, Tuol Kork district, Phnom Penh.

Police said he was stabbed in the chest after drinking wine with two friends. Police

said Samith had time to tell his mother before he died that Pich stabbed him.

JULY 10: Sim Kuch, 25, was axed and severely injured during a quarrel at

around 9 am in Koh Kampong Tromkrom village, Kampong Siem district, Kampong Cham.

Police said he was chopped in the neck and back while urinating behind his house

after arguing with his uncle, Houng Hour, 35. Kuch had earlier used Hour's krama

when he took a shower.

JULY 12: A mob armed with axes and hoes attacked and killed a suspected

thief when he tried to escape from the authorities in Trapaing Chrey village, Dangkor

district, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Bou Sam, 59, was robbed after parking his

motorbike to urinate at around 9 am. Police said the thief aimed a K-59 handgun at


JULY 12: Chan Rin, 28, was robbed while riding his motorbike at 7 pm in

Prek Rokar village, Kandal Stung district, Kandal. Police said four gunmen threatened

him with an AK-47 then knocked him to the ground before stealing his bike. Chan Phorn,

40, from Sa'ang district, was also robbed of his motorbike at the same time.

- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun



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